Author(s): Roberta McIntyre
Finalist, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2003 (Non-Fiction: History section)
The Canoes of Kupe is a comprehensive account of the history of the Martinborough district from the beginnings of settlement by Maori through to the booming present-day wine industry.
This book is based on extensive research in private and public archives, as well as in the secondary literature, and also makes use of oral history interviews. Primarily a narrative history which makes excellent use of illustrative individuals and families, industries and events, it is also of wider than local significance, setting the story of Martinborough within national, and at times international, social and economic contexts.
Beautifully designed and copiously illustrated, this book is a treasure for residents and visitors alike.